Several churches that make up the Dayton Ministerial Alliance gathered Sunday evening at the Dayton Community Center to celebrate unity, gratitude and a shared reverence for God at the annual Community Thanksgiving Service.
Organized by the ministerial alliance, Rev. George Ohmstede, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dayton, explained the importance of the annual services.
“We come together, not as denominations, but as one body of the Church,” he told the 300 or so people gathered for this year’s event.
With growing participation, the Community Thanksgiving Service was moved to the Dayton Community Center the last three years.
In remarks to the congregation, Rev. Rich Cope with First Assembly of God Church thanked the city for allowing the community center to be used for the services.
“Thank you, Mayor Jeff Lambright, and the City of Dayton. There are not a lot of cities that allow religious gatherings in a city building. We are grateful,” Cope said.
The service also was an opportunity to introduce Pastor Guy Williams to Dayton residents who haven’t made his acquaintance. Williams, who delivered the sermon at the service, moved to Dayton in July with his family when he was named pastor of First United Methodist Church of Dayton.
In addition to taking up an offering for Pregnancy Care Center of Dayton, the service included performances from singers and a children’s choir.
By Vanesa Brashier, firstname.lastname@example.org